For the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 vaccines in the Halton Region, please click the following link: Halton – COVID-19 Vaccines

 

**NEW INFORMATION!**  80+ Residents of OAKVILLE, BURLINGTON, MILTON AND HALTON HILLS:

 

PRE- REGISTRATION  for the COVID-19 vaccine to be available starting  WEDNESDAY MARCH 3RD @ 8:00AM  for anyone 80+ ONLY in HALTON

 

How to register:

1) You can use online booking by clicking on the following link: halton.ca/COVIDvaccines

2) You can phone 311 to call and book your appointment

 

**Please Note** Phone lines may be busy and it may be easier to have someone help you book online if you possible.

 

REMEMBER – THERE IS A SHOT DESIGNATED AND WAITING FOR YOU – no need to panic if you are unable to pre register on Wednesday.

 

REMEMBER –  Make sure you let them know if you require transportation to/from the vaccination site – it will be provided for FREE

 

 

LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR OAKVILLE:   St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas Street West, Oakville

LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR BURLINGTON: Compass Point Bible Church, 1500 Kerns Road, Burlington

LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR MILTON: FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton, 1010 Main Street East, Milton

LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR GEORGETOWN: Gellert Community Centre, 10241 Eighth Line, Georgetown

 

 

80+ Residents of Peel (Mississuagua & Brampton)

 

PRE- REGISTRATION for the COVID -19 vaccine is now OPEN

 

How to register if you live in Mississauga:

1) You can register online by using the following link: THP Vaccination Registration (trilliumhealthpartners.ca)

2) There is currently NO phone number available to call and register by phone – the website states they hope to launch a telephone booking system within the week. You may visit the link above for updates

 

How to register if you live in Brampton:

1) You can register online by using the following link: COVID-19 Vaccine (williamoslerhs.ca)

2) You can call 905-494-2120 ext. 56685 to register by phone between the hours of 8:00am – 6:00pm

 

LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR MISSISUAGUA: 7120 Hurontario Street, Mississauga

LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR BRAMPTON: 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton

 

**Please Note** 

Additional community clinics in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga will be launched between February and April. Locations include:

 

For more up-to-date information regarding which clinics have been opened, please click HERE

 

 

 

Answering Patient Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines

January 11, 2021

 Dear Patients,

2020 has brought such fear and changes to the way we live our lives. But as 2021 dawns, there is hope – vaccines are on their way.

As you all know, the first vaccines are being given to higher-risk people and healthcare workers. But we look forward to when you all will have access to the vaccine. We do not yet know the place or the timing and we will communicate this when we do.

Some questions have arisen that we wanted to answer at this stage – please see below, and you can find more detail here.

  • Appropriate steps taken – The vaccines were developed was so fast because it was a top priority for everyone in the field and billions of dollars from governments and companies around the world were spent on getting it developed. The scientific world cooperated in ways they had not before. The bureaucratic process was super-fast because of the importance of getting this
  • New technology – mRNA has been used for cancer treatments for upwards of 30 years, but this is the first vaccine using the There are two vaccines made this way (Pfizer and Moderna) and another one (Oxford) that is coming later is made with an older technology (like the effective Ebola vaccine). More information is available here.
  • Effectiveness – In clinical studies, very few people got COVID-19 within 12 days of getting the first dose of the Pfizer This result is similar to the Moderna vaccine, which is the other COVID-19 vaccine now approved for use in Canada.
  • Allergies – People with allergies to any of the ingredients in the vaccine should not receive We will discuss any serious allergies or other health conditions you may have before you receive the vaccine.
  • Pregnancy and children less than 16 years old – None of the vaccine trials included these populations, so at this time the vaccine is not recommended routinely for these groups

 

Pregnancy and children less than 16 years old (continued)

For pregnant or breastfeeding individuals who are at high risk of infection and/or morbidity from COVID-19, the various national societies for obstetricians have stated that “the documented risk of not getting the COVID-19 vaccine outweighs the theorized and undescribed risk of being vaccinated during pregnancy or while breastfeeding and vaccination should be offered.”

*****

Our office has remained accessible to you, by phone, by video or in person as it was deemed necessary. We thank you for your understanding as we help you in your health in these different ways.

Thank you all for what you have done to keep yourselves, your loved ones, and your communities safe. Thank you to those frontline workers who have faced fears and yet continued to provide the services that we have needed to function.

We look forward to when the vaccine allows us to return to a life that is more connected. In the meantime –

Wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands. AND be calm, be safe, be kind.

 

Warmly,

 

The Physicians and Staff of Lakeshore Medical Group

TO OUR PATIENTS AT LAKESHORE MEDICAL GROUP:

 

*** All patients arriving at the Clinic or Lab MUST wear a face mask or any cloth covering (e.g. scarf, bandana, etc).  If you do not have one you will be required to purchase one in the pharmacy downstairs.  Children under the age of 5 years old are NOT required to wear a facial covering (i.e. mask/scarf/bandana). ***

 

 

*Please Note* Our Receptionists are now working in the office, however, you may still receive calls from a blocked number when remote staff, or your family physician attempts to call you. Please be sure your phone is set to accept blocked numbers.

 

We understand the fear and frustration that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused and we have been working hard to ensure that we continue to deliver high quality medical care while taking into account the health and safety of our patients, physicians and staff. 

We are reducing all non-essential visits and services and replacing them with virtual visits (i.e. telephone and video communication). Non-essential visits include periodic health assessments (i.e. physicals), routine pap tests and minor ailments. We are recommending that you still continue with routine childhood immunizations as there will be dedicated times to book these appointments. With this in mind, we ask that you DO NOT come into the clinic without an appointment. THIS INCLUDES NURSE AND LAB VISITS! If you feel you need to see your doctor or the nurse for any reason, please read the list of frequently asked questions below prior to contacting the office for an appointment. 

**IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT NURSE VISITS** We are no longer accepting walk-in visits to see the nurse. If you wish to see the nurse, you must call and speak with the nurse directly to book an appointment as needed. 

**IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT LAB VISITS** We are no longer accepting walk-in visits to the lab. If you have seen your doctor in our office (suite 502), or have spoken with your doctor directly over the phone or through video chat, and they have asked you to come in ON THE SAME DAY for blood work, urine testing, or an EKG, you will be asked to knock loudly on the lab door to identify yourself. The door will be locked and Diana will let you in. If you are coming to the lab for any other reason (i.e. a standing order for bloodwork, bloodwork ordered by a specialist for an upcoming appointment, etc.,) you must call 905-845-4511 ext. 224 to be screened for COVID-19 and to be given an appointment.

**IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT COVID RELATED DOCTOR’S NOTES** Please note that symptomatic individuals requesting Doctor’s notes to return to school, or employment, or for those who wish to forego testing for COVID-19 generally cannot be honored as per advice and guidelines from Halton Public Health, the Ontario Medical Association and the Ministry of Health.

 

We all need to take COVID-19 very seriously. Although we currently do not have many case fatalities in Canada, we are at risk of getting to the point of a health care crisis. We ask you to do your part to help “flatten the curve” so that we can protect our most vulnerable populations and keep our hospital beds available for those who need them the most. 

 

REMEMBER THAT WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY! 

 

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Halton Public Health Website https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus

 

COVID-19 self-assessment

If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, click HERE to use the self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.

 

 

For further information, please read below for answers to frequently asked questions:

 

1) Who should be tested for COVID-19?

As the supply for nasopharyngeal swabs is limited, COVID-19 testing is reserved for those at high risk of severe illness or transmitting to someone vulnerable. 

From Halton Public Health Website:

Halton Region Public Health and health care partners continue to focus on those most at risk of COVID-19. Our current priority is to hear from the following people who have symptoms (e.g., fever, new cough, difficulty breathing, etc.):

  • those aged 60 and over;
  • those with pre-existing medical conditions;
  • those who have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • those living or working in a health-care or long-term care setting or institution; or
  • First Nation community members living on-reserve.
  • Anyone else directed by Halton Region Public Health

If you have symptoms AND meet one of the criteria above you may be tested for COVID-19. Residents must have an appointment to attend an Assessment Centre.

Residents of Oakville, Milton or Halton Hills can book an appointment at a Halton Healthcare Assessment Centre by calling 905-203-7963. Residents of Burlington can call 905-632-3737 ext 6550 to book an appointment at the Joseph Brant Hospital COVID Assessment Clinic.

*Appointments are necessary to attend an Assessment Centre in Halton.

Individuals without symptoms are NOT being tested at this time.

Individuals with mild symptoms that do not meet the criteria above are asked to self-isolate for 14 days, or until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. You do not need to contact Public Health.

If you have SEVERE symptoms, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

 

2) What are the current symptoms?

The following symptoms have been listed in the screening questions provided by the Ministry of Health (Last updated Apr 22, 2020):

  • Fever
  • New onset or worsening chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing

In addition, the following secondary symptoms has also been listed:

  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose or sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Hoarse voice
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Decrease or loss of sense of smell
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Unexplained fatigue/malaise
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea/vomiting

 

3) What do I do if I have symptoms but do not qualify for testing?

 

From Halton Public Health Website: Individuals with mild symptoms that do not meet the criteria listed in FAQ 1 are asked to self-isolate for 14 days, or until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. You do not need to contact Public Health.

If you have SEVERE symptoms, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

 

3) How do I protect myself and my family from getting ill?

 

Practice social distancing. This means avoiding non-essential exposures to other people, especially those over the age of 60 or immunocompromised. 

Sanitize your hands frequently either with alcohol-based sanitizer or hand washing with soap and water x 20 seconds.

Avoid touching your face at all costs. 

 

4) What do I do if I travelled out of province or outside of Canada in the last 14 days?

 

Returning travellers from outside of Canada (including the United States of America) should self-isolate for 14 days from the day of return.

  • If they develop symptoms within 14 days, they should stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including others at home, until 24 hours after symptoms have resolved or 14 days after returning from travel, whichever is longer.
  • people with mild symptoms DO NOT require testing.

 

5) How do I access medical care during this period?

 

Lakeshore Medical Group Physicians will continue to be available to patients. However, all elective appointments such as physicals will be postponed for at least 1 month. We will try to substitute all in-person visits for virtual visits (telephone calls or video conferencing when feasible). We will be delaying the ordering of any non-urgent tests and referrals for at least one month.

 

Please do not walk-in or come to the office if you are symptomatic or have travelled in the past 14 days as we are running very low on personal protective equipment like masks. Contact the office instead at 905-845-4551 for further directions. If it is after hours, please contact TELEHEALTH at +1 866-797-0000. If you need to see a physician after 5pm call 905-815-9177.

For any questions regarding symptoms, testing criteria, and when to stay home if you do have symptoms, please refer to FAQ 1, 2 & 3 prior to contacting the office.

 

6) What about the After Hours Clinic?

 

Please do not attend the After Hours Clinic for routine prescriptions and assessments and contact your regular physician as they may be able to assess you by a virtual visit.

If you are having respiratory symptoms, please refer to the comments above in FAQ 1, 2 & 3.

If you have had travel history in the past 14 days, please do not come to the After Hours Clinic and contact your regular physician.

 

7) Do I need a sick note for work if I have symptoms?

 

No. 

 

8) Where can I read more about COVID-19?

 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/diseases-and-conditions/infectious-diseases/respiratory-diseases/novel-coronavirus

https://www.ontariofamilyphysicians.ca/tools-resources/timely-trending/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/ocfp-coronavirus-infographic-4-final.pdf

 

WE APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION DURING THIS TIME. 

 

– LAKESHORE MEDICAL GROUP PHYSICIANS